The Two Weeks and the 43,258 Words
fantasies / first-drafting / inspirations / writing / writing spots

The Two Weeks and the 43,258 Words

I am home now, from a stroke of good luck: a two-week “emergency residency” at the MacDowell Colony, a perfect artists’ colony in New Hampshire. I decided to do something different while there. Instead of my usual slow, plodding pace for writing a first draft of a novel, where I circle in on myself and revise as I … Continue reading

This Is the Week Your Book Comes Out: A Haunting Blog Series, a Giveaway, a Frenzied Whisper in Your (My) Head
fantasies / freakouts / voices in my head / writing

This Is the Week Your Book Comes Out: A Haunting Blog Series, a Giveaway, a Frenzied Whisper in Your (My) Head

It’s bright and early on a Monday morning and I can hear this low little whisper in the back cobwebbed corner of my brain. Psst, it goes, trying to get my undistracted attention. This is the week your book comes out. The voice isn’t taunting me as some voices do: This is the week my … Continue reading

For All the 2013 Debut Authors! And the Readers Who Love a Good Debut Too
fantasies / memories / novels / other writers / writing

For All the 2013 Debut Authors! And the Readers Who Love a Good Debut Too

For authors, there is really nothing that compares to the day your first book comes out. It’s a gorgeous, exhilarating, exciting, thrilling, and yes, for some (I’m one!), utterly terrifying moment. And I don’t think it’s ever what you expect it will be. You can dream of this moment and draw it a face in … Continue reading

In Which I Fail (Most of) My Resolutions… But End 2012 on a Good Note (Really)
confessions / fantasies / voices in my head / writing

In Which I Fail (Most of) My Resolutions… But End 2012 on a Good Note (Really)

Fair warning: This post will be tinged with a sheen of failure—even though I do feel kind of hopeful right now, and I’ll explain why at the end. How many of us made resolutions for 2012 that we didn’t keep? How many of us said we’d do things this year—write certain things, cease bad habits, … Continue reading